Residents of the Denton State Supported Living Center will be on stage this weekend, and officials there are hoping people will remember the center’s needs this Christmas.
The nonprofit facility, which serves adults with developmental disabilities, will be hosting its second Christmas pageant at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ivey Chapel for All Faiths at the state school, 3980 State School Road.
Melissa Bradley, the center’s director of community relations, said the event is open to the public.
“It is a joy to watch this pageant,” Bradley said.
During the pageants, residents participate in two to three performances.
The pageants include music from a choral group led by Brett Koltuniak, music director at the facility, said Susan Dean, assistant director of community relations.
The Denton State Supported Living Center is the largest of 12 state schools in Texas and home to 490 intellectually and physically disabled individuals. The center serves 18 counties in North Texas, according to its website.
In addition to hosting Christmas pageants, the living center is working with KRLD-AM (1080) to host the 34th annual Christmas is for Caring, which helps raise funds to purchase at least two gifts for each resident at the center, according to its website. The annual event is scheduled to take place Dec. 10-14.
Each year, the Christmas is for Caring fundraiser helps support projects designated by the center. Bradley said the funds this year will help support residents’ excursions.
“They can go see family members that perhaps cannot afford to travel to see them,” she said.
The funds also will help the center acquire wheelchair-accessible vehicles that can support four or five people while residents are on trips.
“We want them to be as active as anyone else,” Bradley said. “Half of our population uses some seating device; the wheelchairs that we want to get are specialized and made for that purpose.”
The program includes a text messaging campaign to raise funds, as well as volunteers working phone banks at the radio station Dec. 10-14. People can call a hotline at 214-219-1080 or make a $10 donation by texting “CIFC” to 20222.
KRLD will hold a party in the living center’s gym Dec. 20.
The center’s first fundraiser of the season was held Nov. 13 at Bowden’s Guaranteed Hydromulch in Colleyville — a Wild Game Feast that included dinner and an auction.
Sam Weger, chairman of the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association, said Region 5 members in Fort Worth and other nearby cities have been supporting the living center for more than 10 years.
About 200 people attended the auction and dinner fundraiser, which helped raise about $20,000 for the center, Weger said.
Bradley said the association hosts the fundraiser for the living center each year.
“They are phenomenal group of people and dedicated to the work we do at the facility,” Bradley said.
Area residents wishing to help the center may visit the Volunteer Services Council for the living center at www.dentonstateschool.org and click on the “Donate” button to view the list of items that can be accepted for donations.
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